Friday, December 31, 2010
Rotten Tomatoes – Best Reviewed Movies of 2010
- “Toy Story 3″ – 99% with 247 reviews
- “How to Train Your Dragon” – 98% with 156 reviews
- “Exit Through the Gift Shop” – 98% with 94 reviews
- “The Social Network” – 97% with 258 reviews
- “Restrepo” – 97% with 101 reviews
- “Inside Job” – 97% with 91 reviews
- “A Prophet” (Une Prophete) – 97% with 142 reviews
- “The King’s Speech” – 96% with 142 reviews
- “Animal Kingdom” – 96% with 108 reviews
- “True Grit” – 95% with 173 reviews
- “The Town” – 94% with 201 reviews
- “The Kids Are All Right” – 94% with 192 reviews
- “Winter’s Bone” – 94% with 142 reviews
- “Blue Valentine” – 94% with 64 reviews
- “127 Hours” – 93% with 146 reviews
- “The Tillman Story” – 93% with 80 reviews
- “Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work” – 92% with 90 reviews
- “The Father of My Children” (Le Pere De Mes Enfants) – 91% with 54 reviews
- “Fish Tank” – 90% positive with 127 reviews
- “Casino Jack And The United States Of Money” – 90% with 60 reviews
Metacritic – Best Reviewed Movies of 2010
- The Social Network – 95% with 42 reviews
- Toy Story 3 – 92% with 39 reviews
- A Prophet – 90% with 30 reviews
- Winter’s Bone – 90% with 38 reviews
- Inside Job – 88% with 26 reviews
- The King’s Speech – 88% with 41 reviews
- The Tillman Story – 86% with 28 reviews
- The Kids Are All Right – 86% with 39 reviews
- Lebanon – 85% with 28 reviews
- Exit Through The Gift Shop – 85% with 27 reviews
- Restrepo – 85% with 33 reviews
- Animal Kingdom – 83% with 32 reviews
- 127 Hours – 82% with 37 reviews
- The Secret In Their Eyes – 81% with 34 reviews
- Fish Tank – 81% with 31 reivews
Yo, cuzzos! Here's the list of this year's sleeper films. If you haven't seen these films, you should pronto! Even though you haven't heard a lot about them, they're really good. Click on the names to see more info:
10. Cyrus (Jonah Hill, John C. Reilly)
9. The Experiment (Adrian Brody, Forest Whitaker)
8. The Crazies (Timothy Olyphant)
7. Animal Kingdom (Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce)
6. Red Hill (Ryan Kwanten, Steve Bisley)
5. Going the Distance (Justin Long, Drew Barrymore)
4. Unthinkable (Samuel L. Jackson)
3. Frozen (Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell)
2. Easy A (Emma Stone)
1. Buried (Ryan Reynolds)
6. Jonah Hex
4. Clash of the Titans
3. Ong Bak 3
2. Harry Potter 7
1. The Last Airbender
RoxioNow-Powered Alphaline Entertainment Service Now Live and Providing Consumers Instant Access to Movies and TV Shows
NOVATO, Calif., Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Sonic Solutions® (Nasdaq: SNIC) today announced that RoxioNow™ platform licensee, Sears, has officially launched its online movie download service, Alphaline Entertainment http://alphaline.roxionow.com. The new service enables Sears and Kmart customers to download entertainment online, including new movies on the same day they are released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Sonic is working with Sears on a multi-phase rollout that includes making the service available from a broad range of connected devices and ensuring compatibility with studio-supported digital programs.
Sonic’s multi-year agreement with Sears extends the reach of the RoxioNow platform which powers a range of digital services for leading brick and mortar retailers, cable operators, PC manufacturers, game system vendors, consumer electronics makers, and Hollywood studios’ direct-to-consumer initiatives. Sonic and Sears are teaming to embed the services at a chip level on a growing network of devices including portable media players, Blu-ray Disc players, mobile phones, and high-definition television sets from leading manufacturers.
“Collaborating with Sonic provides a great opportunity for Sears and Kmart to launch digital services for customers seeking even faster access to the latest in home entertainment experiences,” said Karen Austin, President of Consumer Electronics for Sears and Kmart. “We’ll continue to increase the reach and flexibility of the Alphaline Entertainment service by providing consumers on-demand access to the latest entertainment from a range of home and mobile electronics.”
“The Sears launch represents an important milestone for Sonic, with another RoxioNow-powered storefront now open for business,” said Mark Ely, President of Strategy, Sonic Solutions. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with Sears and bringing Alphaline Entertainment to consumers through a broad range of connected devices.”
The RoxioNow platform serves a broad range of premium content, including new movies and next-day TV programs, to a growing, multi-manufacturer ecosystem of home and mobile electronics. RoxioNow enables storefronts for brick and mortar retailers, cable operators, PC manufacturers, game system vendors, consumer electronics makers, and Hollywood studios’ direct-to-consumer initiatives. The platform allows these companies to participate in the entertainment supply chain, add value to product offerings, and form ongoing relationships with customers. “Powered by RoxioNow™” stores enable consumers to instantly rent and purchase high-quality entertainment on their favorite devices and, through the RoxioNow online entertainment library, access their content at any time, on any RoxioNow-powered device.
The Henley Royal Regatta were incredibly good to us and they allowed us to actually shoot the race at Henley. I had no idea how huge the Henley Royal Regatta was. I’d only seen photographs and a lot of them are telephoto so you don’t get the idea of this mile-and-a-half of grandstands and corporate sponsors. I mean, it's a huge thing and we originally thought we would shoot a bunch of inserts on the Charles [River] and then use that footage to intercut with wide shots we'd shot at Henley.
The trick of this scene, and the thing that made it so difficult was, it's not like the fight in Rocky where it's been talked about forever and it's importance has been established and you know what it means to the Winklevosses. You get dropped into the middle of this race, and I joked with Aaron [Sorkin] about it a lot, 'How do I make people care about whether or not these guys win or lose a race that we don't know where it is, we don't know what it means?' And he was like, 'Well that's your problem.' [laughing]
He was using it as a way of saying, 'You miss by that much.' Then to have the Winklevosses miss by that much with Mark Zuckerberg, they missed by that much with Larry Summers, they're missing by that much at Henley and it's the final straw.
But it is a tricky thing to design a sequence around missing by that much when you literally get dropped into the middle of it. You really don't know where you are, it requires a subtitle to tell you you're now in Henley for the Henley Royal Regatta, which you probably don't know is the Super Bowl of boat racing.
So this was one of those sequences where the only time we could shoot it was July 4, 2010. It was literally five to six weeks before we had to finish the movie. The movie had to be done so we could get it in theaters, and they were incredibly helpful to us and made it all possible.
One of the reasons it was done in this faux, swing and tilt– tilting lens board style was because all of the close-ups of the Winklevosses and the Dutch rowing were done in Eaton on a man made lake that doesn’t look anything like Henley. Doesn’t have any– just has green grass, but we would shoot the close-ups of all the people and then we had to matte in still photographs that we’d shot at Henley.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Atop a high-rise building, Gavin, a young hotel manager, is about to end his life. Hollis, a detective whose own world has just been turned upside down, is dispatched to the scene. As Hollis tries to persuade Gavin not to jump, each man begins to open up about his past, and we discover that neither of them is convinced that his life is worth living.
In his Sundance debut, director/screenwriter Matthew Chapman has crafted an intense thriller filled with soulful inspiration. While the film examines the complex notion of what drives us as people, strong performances and immersive characters keep the audience on the edge of their seats. The Ledge is a nuanced character study of love, faith, and convictions that will leave you with a question . . . How far are you willing to go for what you believe in?
TJ is a mad bastard, and his estranged 13-year-old son Bullet is on the fast track to becoming one, too. After being turned away from his mother’s house, TJ sets off across the country to the Kimberly region of northwestern Australia to make things right with his son. Grandpa Tex has lived a tough life, and now, as a local cop, he wants to change things for the men in his community. Crosscutting between three generations, Mad Bastards is a raw look at the journey to becoming a man and the personal transformation one must make. Developed with local Aboriginal communities and fueled by a local cast, Mad Bastards draws from the rich tradition of storytelling inherent in Indigenous life. Using music from legendary Broome musicians the Pigram Brothers, writer/director Brendan Fletcher poetically fuses the harsh realities of violence, healing, and family.